Our expert says:
Often after an accident a patient develop a subdural hematoma, which is a slow bleed between the brain and the skull. This can build up over a few days to weeks, causing pressure on the brain and causing headaches and neurological symptoms like limping. This usually needs to be drained with an operation - what they do is bore holes in the skull to relieve the pressure by removing the dead blood/serum. This often needs to be followed up by a slightly bigger operation ( craniotomy) where they open up a bigger hole to take out old blood clots that solidified and to ensure that the vein that bled is closed off properly. The risk is that they can develop meningitis due to the dead blood in the space between the brain and the skull. Your brother should rather stay with the neurosurgeon until they are sure that the bleeding has stopped and the infection is cleared up. Let me know how he is doing from time to time?
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